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Old 12-07-2010, 01:30 AM   #1
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The list of standard equipment for the Seville says "Underbelly - fully enclosed, insulated w/ radiant heated tanks and gate valves". What does radiant heated mean exactly? Is this electrically powered? Can the holding tanks survive temps in the low 20's for 3-4 hours a night with just electrical power while parked in my yard?

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Old 12-07-2010, 01:36 AM   #2
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Radiant heat is provided from the lp gas furnace. Its essentially the fact that the furnace ductwork spans the length of the fifth wheel through the floor. The ductwork comes in contact with the tanks and in some floorplans includes placement of the furnace at the tanks. By running the furnace you warm the tanks and immediate plumbing.

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Thanks Brad! Just the info I needed. Glad I didn't just assume it was electric (asI originally did)and end up with frozen plumbing.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:58 AM   #4
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FWIW, we have stayed in our Seville down to about -5F with no additionalheat, and nothing froze up.



I did buy a heated hose for our city water connection. Every morning I got up to go to work, and I was never sure if the water was going to work or not! Never had any problems though.
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Good to hear, Lenny. Did you set your thermostat down at night or when you were gone?
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We ran it around 64F pretty much all the time. There was always somebody there. Definitely use a lot of propane though, a full bottle would only last about 2 days when it was really cold.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:00 PM   #7
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While the furnace ductwork is the primary source of heat for the belly, it isn't the only source. There may also be a direct vent into the basement. On my Cruiser there was a 1 inch hole in the bottom of the duct. Since I rarely use the furnace I sealed it off, besides it is just a waste of propane if outside temps are NOT below freezing. Anyway, I use two oil filled heaters rather than the furnace and even that heat radiates from the living area into the belly to a limited extent. When doing volunteer work, several times I have camped for days with outside temps below freezing and never had a problem with the tanks freezing. The most severe case was in Jan. with temps between 12 F and 20 F for two days. I don't think you will have a problem.
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Thanks for all the input guys. Really puts my mind at ease!
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